The joint Hurriyat leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Muhammad Yasin Malik has termed the awarding of the death sentence by an Indian court to a Kashmiri youth as a miscarriage of justice and prejudice against Kashmiris by the Indian judiciary.
The leadership announced to observe Friday (February 3) as ‘Kashmir Resistance Day’. It called for a complete shutdown to protest the biased decision of death sentence by a court in Kolkata against Muzaffar Ahmad Rather of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district. Kashmir-wide protests will be held today against the Indian court’s decision, said a press release issued on Thursday.
The leadership has urged imams of mosques to lead protests against the judicial injustice after the Friday congregational prayers, tomorrow.
“While New Delhi is adopting aggressive and oppressive policies against the people of Kashmir, communal and extremist elements are harassing, threatening and beating up Kashmiris studying and working in various Indian states,” the statement said. At the same time, it added, Indian judiciary is targeting Kashmiris with its biased approach as Indian government, administration, and judiciary have colluded to push Kashmiris against the wall.
“The claim that India is the largest democracy in the world gets exposed in Kashmir, where all democratic norms are trampled and the institution of the judiciary is misused to victimise the innocents,” the statement further said. The undemocratic means adopted to force the Kashmiri population into submission and the biased attitude of judiciary in case of Kashmiris should serve as an eye-opener for the emancipated people and nations of the world, the leadership pointed out.
The statement said protesting against the injustice, oppression and aggression is the just right of the people of Kashmir, and the international community should play its role in saving the Kashmiris from the onslaught of India and its judiciary.